Acousmatic Sorcery
Willis Earl Beal

Acousmatic Sorcery

Disc review

Chicago busker Willis Earl Beal’s debut LP comes with a booklet featuring some 40 pages of prose and drawings, but it’s the actual music found on it that leaves the most lasting impression. Acousmatic Sorcery is a collection of ultra-lo-fi home recordings of Beal singing the blues, plucking his guitar, drumming on stuff, playing what sounds like toy instruments… All of which conveys a sincere, vulnerable, somewhat naive quality as well as a real sense of melody that remind a bit of Daniel Johnston. Not everything on the album is stellar, but tracks like the heartbreakingly soulful Monotony and Away My Silent Lover are truly worth seeking out.

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